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Gangs In the Courtroom

Every victim or witness had heard the stories in the ghetto about gang retaliation against those who were foolish enough to snitch on gang members. Most of...

https://www.policemag.com/374187/gangs-in-the-courtroom
Mexico's Deal With the Devil

The Mexican press estimates that 19.5% of the official ballot boxes were installed in areas controlled by the drug cartels. Many voters avoided the poles...

https://www.policemag.com/374111/mexicos-deal-with-the-devil
LAPD's CRASH vs. LASD's OSS

You don't become a gang expert overnight. You don't become qualified to testify in court in just a couple of years. LAPD rotated its officers in and out of...

https://www.policemag.com/373693/lapds-crash-vs-lasds-oss
Categories: Weapons
Kel-Tec PF-9 Pistol

For undercover police work or even off-duty use, a small gun that can easily be concealed yet fires a reasonably powerful cartridge is essential. Kel-Tec...

https://www.policemag.com/339855/kel-tec-pf-9-pistol
La Cosa Nostra: Alive and Kicking

On the strength of 16 indictments, federal agents arrested 119 alleged members of La Cosa Nostra Sicilian Mafia in late-January raids in the Northeast. This...

https://www.policemag.com/373765/la-cosa-nostra-alive-and-kicking
Mexican Cartels Have Infiltrated Your City

Mexican drug cartels are now operating deep in the U.S., according to the recent Associated Press report. They're operating not just in border areas....

https://www.policemag.com/374296/mexican-cartels-have-infiltrated-your-city
Carcinogenic Cannabis

Federal, state and local police as well as other government officials have succumbed to the money involved in the cannabis cancer. Whether it's the legal...

https://www.policemag.com/374387/carcinogenic-cannabis
Medical Marijuana: California's Biggest Losers

Wake up California; you've been sold a lie. This lie has allowed the Mexican (and other) cartels and gangs to produce huge crops of unregulated marijuana...

https://www.policemag.com/373950/medical-marijuana-californias-biggest-losers
Gang Intelligence and the Need to Know

No matter how small or large a town they work in, and whether they work urban or rural, gang cops need to know about and recognize the signs of criminal...

https://www.policemag.com/374169/gang-intelligence-and-the-need-to-know
Paintball Wars: Effective Reality-Based Training

Based on my experience, I'd say my paintball games were more realistic and useful training experiences than any contrived multiple-target drill, falling...

https://www.policemag.com/373670/paintball-wars-effective-reality-based-training
The Wolf Pack Mentality

Do not underestimate gang members because they are young or small, scrawny wolves. Maybe you have even encountered and dealt with several of them...

https://www.policemag.com/373471/the-wolf-pack-mentality
Are Some Gang Members Serial Killers?

Even in the murderous world of gangs, the most wicked killings are perpetrated by individuals who seem motivated by some other dark, twisted presence within...

https://www.policemag.com/374231/are-some-gang-members-serial-killers
Will 'End of Watch' Shift the Perception of Cops?

"End of Watch" provides a refreshing avoidance of the Hollywood formula. This production has captured the most realistic depiction of everyday police...

https://www.policemag.com/374245/will-end-of-watch-shift-the-perception-of-cops
Prison Shanks

The jail-made "shank" is fashioned from this material by sharpened by scraping the metal on concrete floors. A handle is fashioned from paper or cloth....

https://www.policemag.com/373727/prison-shanks
Blood Brothers: Cartel Ties That Bind

Like the unwanted dandelions that sprout in lawns, cartel and gang partners continue to adapt and survive. The systematic corruption of our police, courts...

https://www.policemag.com/373702/blood-brothers-cartel-ties-that-bind
Can Education Cure Gang Members?

There seems to be an illogical perception in the U.S. that "bad guys," especially those associated with criminal gangs, are dumb—or at least uneducated. But...

https://www.policemag.com/374097/can-education-cure-gang-members
Homeboys and the Return of Heroin

Heroin's old dirty image is being revamped to appeal to the younger generation. Heroin that is smokable or snortable can be marketed to avoid the old...

https://www.policemag.com/373924/homeboys-and-the-return-of-heroin
California's Budget Fix: Cut Gang and Drug Fighters

State lawmakers are positioning their budget axe over the heads of the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) and Bureau of...

https://www.policemag.com/373957/californias-budget-fix-cut-gang-and-drug-fighters
How a Cartel Enforcer Thrived In Lockup

Jose "Bat" Marquez received a life sentence for trafficking methamphetamine from a prison cell. Most law enforcement officials would consider this a...

https://www.policemag.com/373968/how-a-cartel-enforcer-thrived-in-lockup
The Border War With Mexican Cartels

The word "war" is not just hyperbole; it correctly describes what is going on. It's estimated that the violence—kidnapping and murder—has driven 400,000...

https://www.policemag.com/373537/the-border-war-with-mexican-cartels
Gangsters in Blue: Corrections

When inmates and gang members see cops acting like convicts, they tend to react to them like they do other convicts and gangsters. What little respect that...

https://www.policemag.com/373839/gangsters-in-blue-corrections
Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

Edged-weapon gang culture flourished most prominently in American jails and prisons. Every inmate is expected to be able to defend himself. Gang members...

https://www.policemag.com/373726/edged-weapons-and-gang-culture
How One Gang Corrupted 13 Baltimore COs

Anyone who has worked in the jail or prison for any length of time is probably aware of the psychological manipulation practiced by many sophisticated...

https://www.policemag.com/374312/how-one-gang-corrupted-13-baltimore-cos
Getting Away With Murder

The release in Mexico of one of the men responsible for the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena has renewed tension between the U.S. and...

https://www.policemag.com/374379/getting-away-with-murder
Do You Speak Swahili?

In prison, forms of black slang and African languages are used to code conversations to prevent non-black inmates and staff from understanding the...

https://www.policemag.com/373720/do-you-speak-swahili
Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part I

Sometimes separate local, state, or county police are used for physical surveillance. Occasionally when intercepted communications seem to have gone...

https://www.policemag.com/374031/gangs-and-electronic-surveillancepart-i
Police Officers on Wanted Posters

Two New York officers threatened in a gang wanted poster should consider the threats from the bad guys a true compliment. It means they are making a real...

https://www.policemag.com/374282/police-officers-on-wanted-posters
Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses

The Mexican Mafia is composed of cell-like cliques united in a coalition under the umbrella name. These cliques or sub-groups are led by informal...

https://www.policemag.com/373919/exploiting-the-mexican-mafias-weaknesses
Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

In recent years, attacks against police officers have increasingly become sneaky ambushes rather than direct confrontations. They may involve improvised...

https://www.policemag.com/373805/booby-traps-death-by-trick-or-device
Chicano Power and the Brown Berets

Although the Brown Berets claimed to be advocates of education and the politically informed, the majority of the Brown Beret members were high school...

https://www.policemag.com/373939/chicano-power-and-the-brown-berets
Why We Should Hire Returning Veterans

Like war, police work can be an ugly job. Like military service, it can be dangerous physically and psychologically. But who's better prepared to endure...

https://www.policemag.com/374318/why-we-should-hire-returning-veterans
Off-Duty Gang Confrontations

Do yourself a favor. Your planning for the many facets of an unthinkable off-duty situation must be serious and deliberate. Think about it, and be prepared...

https://www.policemag.com/374024/off-duty-gang-confrontations
Gangster Clothing: Dressing for Success In Prison

No one in a predatory environment wanted tight, close-fitting clothing. Status in custody was displayed by wearing new, especially large baggy clothing,...

https://www.policemag.com/373447/gangster-clothing-dressing-for-success-in-prison
Facing the Facts of Gang Denial

Denial and minimization of a gang problem allows the city's criminal gangs to take root. It also thwarts proactive anti-gang measures.

https://www.policemag.com/373495/facing-the-facts-of-gang-denial
Are Muslim Radicals Crossing Our Border?

The transnational gangs, drug trafficking organizations and Muslim terrorists have taken advantage of American apathy and the lack of will in Latin America....

https://www.policemag.com/373676/are-muslim-radicals-crossing-our-border
A Jaundiced Eye and Blood Red Ink

The Times apparently now has a policy of protecting teen suspects from public exposure, while choosing to expose a witness who courageously risked...

https://www.policemag.com/373646/a-jaundiced-eye-and-blood-red-ink
Gang Task Forces Take Down Mexican Mafia 'Carnals'

Two recent investigations show us the value of gang task forces that combine resources from law enforcement, prosecutors, and corrections to take down...

https://www.policemag.com/374265/gang-task-forces-take-down-mexican-mafia-carnals
The Mexican Mafia: Down But Not Out

Every time law enforcement thought that they had knocked out or retired the Eme organization, they found that the Eme came back again. The Mexican Mafia...

https://www.policemag.com/374357/the-mexican-mafia-down-but-not-out
Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Part 1 of 2)

In a strange way, the iconography ties together much of the evil perpetrated by the gangs that are trafficking in drugs and human beings and their violent...

https://www.policemag.com/373526/patron-saints-of-the-mexican-drug-underworld-part-1-of-2
Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Part 2 of 2)

Some human sacrifices to Santa Muerte have been claimed in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo in 2006. In 2008, 11 headless bodies were found in the Yucatan and the...

https://www.policemag.com/373527/patron-saints-of-the-mexican-drug-underworld-part-2-of-2
Categories: Special Units, Training & Careers
Never Underestimate a Gang Member

They may seem disorganized, they may act stupid, they may look really young, but they are deadly and cunning as sharks.

https://www.policemag.com/339945/never-underestimate-a-gang-member
Understanding Inmate Codes of Conduct

I've always marveled at this irony. Young men who rebel against authority and parental control, who commonly hate school, hate memorizing verses and...

https://www.policemag.com/373799/understanding-inmate-codes-of-conduct
Corruption In Collegiate Athletics

The abuses from professional sports would eventually taint college recruitment. Money under the table, trips to strip clubs and topless bars, and steroid...

https://www.policemag.com/373776/corruption-in-collegiate-athletics
Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part II

The girlfriend was provided with a “burnout phone.” A burnout phone is one that would be operational for a few months before being burned out. By that time...

https://www.policemag.com/374034/gangs-and-electronic-surveillancepart-ii
The Buela Street Witch

Vetrovec and I were at the south window in hyper-vigilance mode, when one of the Geraghty homeboys pulled down the plywood covering the living room door,...

https://www.policemag.com/373400/the-buela-street-witch
Keep Your Eye on Pseudo Sureños

Just because a gang may seem unsophisticated and maybe it's just a pseudo-Sureño gang, don't ignore their potential for violence. They may start slow on the...

https://www.policemag.com/373883/keep-your-eye-on-pseudo-surenos
False Document Mills Fuel Gang Profits

Advanced computers, scanners, and color printers make counterfeit detection much more difficult. Like good counterfeit currency, most false documents pass...

https://www.policemag.com/373592/false-document-mills-fuel-gang-profits
Sureños: Understanding Kanpol and Pilli

Sureños identify with the color blue and use tattoos with the number 13, sureño, sur, south sider, or "kanpol" (a word taken from the ancient Aztec language...

https://www.policemag.com/374040/surenos-understanding-kanpol-and-pilli
Do You Speak Nahuatl?

Mexicans and Mexican Americans who can barely say taco are being taught dialects of the ancient Aztec language Nahuatl. In California prisons both the...

https://www.policemag.com/373714/do-you-speak-nahuatl
The Hidden Agendas of Latino Activists

Across the U.S., there are numerous highly placed lawyers, and city, state, and national officeholders who came through the university system in the...

https://www.policemag.com/373934/the-hidden-agendas-of-latino-activists


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